A quick guide to antenatal class options

birth preparation consultations

Your antenatal class options might be different to the group options you expect. As an experienced birth practitioner, I now focus on consultations, online courses and small groups to focus on your individual need for information, practical skills, strategies and confidence.

With this personalised approach, these antenatal options are tailored to you, providing a foundation of robust knowledge and skills you can rely on.

I provide a range of antenatal class options to meet your individual need – from a full antenatal course to consultations focusing on different issues. Take a look and you can message me with any queries.

Online Antenatal Course with 1:1 Consultations

A thorough course based on experience, up-to-date information and proven practical skills to better prepare you for the reality of labour, birth and your new baby.
This course is not about birth or babies being easy, it is about having good knowledge, being at the centre of your care, managing any challenges and knowing what you can do.

  • £250 with six 1-hour 1:1 video consultations or four 90-minute in-person consultations, which can be arranged at a time to best suit you.
  • Includes: Access to the online antenatal course and the online relax & breathe course with downloadable worksheets and resources. Plus follow-up emails.
  • Ideal for all expectant parents.
  • You can just book here and message me below to arrange your sessions.

Online Antenatal Course for 2nd-time parents

A thorough antenatal course to refresh your knowledge on labour, birth and having a new baby. With three 1:1 sessions, arranged at a time to suit your schedule, to ask questions and to personalise your preparation.

  • £125 with three 1-hour 1:1 video consultations or two 90-minute in-person consultations, which can be arranged at a time to best suit you.
  • Includes: access to the online antenatal course and the online relax & breathe course with downloadable worksheets and resources. Plus follow-up emails.
  • Ideal for all second-time parents.
  • You can just book here and message me below to arrange your sessions.

Birth Preparation Consultations: for 2nd-time parents

These 1:1 sessions focus on a combination of birth debrief, to talk through any anxieties or worries about birth again or having a new baby, to discuss specific birth options & issues and to prepare with refreshed birth or baby knowledge.

  • £125 with three x 1-hour or two x 90-minute video consultations or in-person consultations, which can be arranged at a time to best suit you.
  • Includes: access to birth preparation resources with downloadable worksheets. Plus follow-up emails.
  • Ideal for second-time parents.
  • You can just book here and message me below to arrange your sessions.

Birth Preparation Consultations: to focus on specific issues

Relax & Breathe | Brilliantly simple and effective breathing and relaxation skills to use during pregnancy and birth and with your baby.

Birth Debrief | To talk through and make sense of your previous birth as you prepare for labour and birth again.

Easing Fears & Worries | For all expectant parents to talk through any concerns about labour and birth.

Induction Preparation | For anyone who is being induced so you know more about what to expect, your options and how to manage your induction

Caesarean Preparation | Getting you prepared for your planned caesarean with information, options and recovery.

Beyond Birth | Getting better prepared for life with your new baby, your recovery and looking after yourself in those first few weeks.

  • £65 for a 90-minute 1:1 video consultations or an in-person consultation, which can be arranged at a time to best suit you.
  • Includes: access to the relevant birth & baby preparation resources with downloadable worksheets. Plus follow-up emails.
  • Ideal for all expectant parents.
  • You can just book here and message me below to arrange your sessions.

Relax & Breathe Course: to focus on simple and effective skills for pregnancy, birth and when your baby is here

This is a complete breathing course with simple and effective techniques for pregnancy, birth and when your baby is here.

Through regular practice you will have skills to deal with pain & discomfort or feelings of anxiety, stress or panic. By bringing this into your day, just for a few minutes, you can make some time for you and boost your general wellbeing.

There isn’t anything complicated about developing your relax and breathe skills. It’s just about slowing your breathing, letting it be your focus and letting go of tension. But practice is crucial, so you can become familiar with relaxing your breathing and your body and to find what works for you.

relax & de-stress | head off any panic | work with your contractions

manage your energy in labour as well as any aches and discomfort

be calm if you feel overwhelmed | stay calm if your birth plan changes

  • Personalised Relax & Breathe Course with a 1:1 session with me (£65)
  • Self-Paced Relax & Breathe Course to go through in your own time (£35) with a follow-up email to see how you are doing.
  • Includes: access to the relax & breathe course plus resources and audio to download. Plus follow-up emails.
  • Ideal for all expectant parents.
  • You can just book here and message me below to arrange your sessions.

There’s also a range of short online courses to focus on specific labour & birth issues:

You will benefit from:
*a calm, knowledgeable approach
*working with an experienced practitioner
*practical resources and downloads
*an opportunity for ongoing information, support and reassurance
*proven practical skills
*follow-up emails

A few words about why I offer birth preparation consultations…

After running group antenatal classes for many years, I started to be asked for individual sessions by expectant parents who either struggled to commit to a course, didn’t fancy the group element or had a specific focus.

I now specialise in consultations – parents can open up much more, they have the time to properly focus and ask questions, sessions are less structured, more effective and can be booked at a more convenient time.

Individual sessions are a different way of doing birth preparation, an effective alternative to the NCT class style of birth preparation, which isn’t for everyone. Labour and birth is very personal and I love being able to provide personalised sessions that are tailored to each expectant parent.

Please feel free to message me here with any queries.


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Working with parents since 2002

Based in the North East, I regularly work with parents from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and across Tyneside.

With digital courses and online video sessions I can now work with parents everywhere.

 

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